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Raising Three

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Born and raised in Morristown, Kathy Jones-Terry acquired a taste for acting at a young age. During the summer before fourth grade, Kathy was cast in her first role on stage as part of the Theatre Guild’s summer drama program. She was chosen to play little Gerda in “The Snow Queen and the Goblin.” While her mother made her costumes, her father patiently helped her by Eric W. McKinney learn her lines for the play. On the night of her big debut, as she made her first entrance on the stage, young Kathy forgot every line she was supposed to recite. For an agonizing few seconds, stage fright held her tongue captive as she stood frozen on stage staring out at the audience. Once the moment passed, she went on with the show as if nothing had ever happened. The excitement of being frozen into an ice cube, reluctantly holding hands with the boy who played her brother and bravely confronting the evil Snow Queen are the memorable moments that she carries with her from that first performance. After the show, a little girl presented Kathy with her program and asked for an autograph. That was the moment that Kathy fell in love with acting.


During high school, Kathy did makeup for the school plays and performed the role of a tumbler in a circus scene for one particular play. During college, she took a break from the stage to earn a BA in English Literature at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She continued her education in the Master’s program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. After college, she returned home to Morristown to start a family, build a career and return to the stage. One of the founders of Encore Theatrical Group, Kathy also found opportunities to perform in other venues around East Tennessee, including Gatlinburg, Knoxville and Johnson City. As an actress, Kathy was given the opportunity to transform herself into many different characters. Through comedies that filled the audience with laughter and dramas that brought them all to tears, she could change her voice, her accent, her appearance and even her walk; she chose characters with depth, looking for ways to surprise the audience. In Macbeth, she played the strong female role of Lady Macbeth, a powerhungry wife who forces her husband into the evil deed of murder and loses her own sanity in the end. As a former high school English teacher, Kathy enjoyed playing a role from a piece of literature that she had both studied and taught. In Goodbye, Charlie, she became a man in a woman’s body; she played the role of Charlie, a womanizing playboy who was shot by a jealous husband and reincarnated as a woman to be taught a lesson. Smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, she used her brother as inspiration for how Charlie walked and talked. In the musical Cabaret, Kathy sang her first solo in the role of Sally Bowles, a lost soul trying to find love in the beginnings of World War II. Uncomfortable about singing alone on stage, Kathy found the musical to be the biggest challenge of her acting career. In Annie, she had a mean streak and a twisted sense of humor as Miss Hannigan, the grumpy administrator of the orphanage. Costumes, wigs and makeup played a strong part in the creation of this character. After mastering the finger waves, Kathy used baggy sweaters, clunky shoes and a gin bottle to create a bitter old maid. In Steel Magnolias, Kathy played M’Lynn, the overprotective mother of a young diabetic who struggles with every parent’s worst nightmare, her child’s death. One of her most emotional roles, she drew from her experiPage 4 • To advertise or to submit story call 423-714-7044 • ence asideas, a mother and how tragic it would be to lose her own son. She kept Kathy in the Cell Block Tango in Encore’s Chicago in 2010

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Although she sometimes watched the movie version of a play to get ideas for how to play a character, Kathy tried to personalize each character and make the role her own. Memorization was a difficult part of each role, but repetition during rehearsals and listening to the lines recorded helped make the process easier. She learned to memorize lines based on where she moved during a scene or in response to what someone else was saying. Each play required an intense amount of her time. Rehearsals typically took place four to six weeks before the show’s opening, with three to four rehearsals per week for three hours at a time. Something that she truly enjoyed, acting served as a creative outlet. It’s something that she always managed to make time for, whether she was single and teaching school, married with a child and a full-time job or, more recently, single again with a teenager. The theater introduced her to new people from all walks of life and provided opportunities to become involved in many community organizations. As she worked together with others to create a production on stage, she grew personally through the experiences of teamwork, leadership, self-confidence and cooperation. The applause of the audience was nice to hear, but the experiences on stage are what kept her coming back for more.

Kathy as Charlie in Goodbye Charlie in 1987.

Kathy as Miss Hannigan in Annie in 2008.

More recently, Kathy Jones-Terry has taken a break from center stage to work behind the scenes. She’s been stage managing, collecting props, and serving on the Board of Trustees and the Artistic Company for Encore Theatrical Company. Although she has no current plans for any future roles, Kathy is always ready to do another show if the right part happens to come along. In the meantime, she is raising her athletic 16-year-old Jake, working as the Clerk & Master for Chancery and Probate Courts of Hamblen County where she has been for nearly eighteen years, and fulfilling her passion for travel as often as possible. For now, the only character that Kathy has to play is herself.

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“Worth the Weight”

By senior year, with the help of a huge growth spurt, Connor weighed 180 pounds and measured 5’10. He had successfully become both bigger and stronger, a huge step in his goal to prove his athletic ability. As graduation arrived, he earned acceptance into CarsonNewman College and a walk-on invitation to be part of one of the country’s top NCAA football teams.

Playing the position of cornerback, Connor decided joining Carson-Newman’s football team would be Connor Young’s Journey to Becoming that a chance to see how far he’d come on his fitness journey. He’s the first to admit that playing college football Bigger and Stronger was a rough experience; by Eric McKinney it involved being on the field at six o’clock in the At first glance, Connor Young looks morning for early speed like a typical college athlete with his training and returning broad shoulders and well-defined bilater in the afternoon ceps. However, if he’s asked what pofor an hour and a half of sition he played in high school, he’ll lifting weights. Spring chuckle and smile when he explains meant full paid practices, that he never played any sports in high which included more school. Weighing in at 125 pounds and running and getting hit only 5’3, Connor was told during his by guys twice his size. He freshman year that he would be too received direction from small to make it on the football field or an exceptional coachthe basketball court. ing staff that helped him Determined to prove them wrong, with route reading and Connor decided to hit the gym and footwork. An experience bulk up. Self-disciplined and intrinthat he will always resically motivated, he set up his own member and take pride daily workout routine that consisted in, Connor enjoyed the of early morning runs and intense time he spent with talented ball players, both on the weight-lifting after school. Not only did working out profield and on the sidelines. vide an opportunity to stay in shape, it became a form of stress relief. As he focused on completing each workout, the After making a decision this summer that he wanted to do more with his life, Connor enlisted in active duty with problems of his personal life just seemed to melt away. the United States Navy. Although this part of his journey As he increased his workouts at the gym, Connor also adis just beginning, he is preparing to serve as a master-atjusted his eating habits; he knew the basic concept that arms, which is the Navy’s version of military police. Condiet is the most important part of any fitness plan. Trying nor is currently participating in some extensive physical to gain body mass and lose body fat, he focused on a diet training that includes running, benching 245 pounds, that contained high amounts of lean protein like chicken 150 sit-ups and 100 push-ups on a regular basis. He breast with small helpings of plain rice. He ate that same leaves for boot camp in March, and then he’ll head to exact meal five times a day, knowing that the small portions Austin, Texas for his official master-at-arms training. Mowould increase his metabolism and burn more fat. tivated to serve his country and make his family proud Born and raised in Morristown, physical training wasn’t a of his life decisions, Connor is eager to begin the newest new concept for Connor. Since the age of six, he had been part of his fitness journey. practicing kung-fu and other martial arts. Mostly body weight exercises and flexibility training, Connor considered the workouts at Mullin’s Shaolin Kung-fu school to be some of the toughest he had experienced. Much different from working out with weights, his workouts involved sit-ups, push-ups and stretching exercises like toe touches, splits and the butterfly stretch. By his freshman year, Connor had earned his second-degree black belt. Page 6

Looking ahead to the future, Connor hopes to return to Carson-Newman to finish his last year of college once he completes his time in the Navy. He hopes to use military training as a launching point for a career in the local police force or security companies.

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Ten Years Older Catching up with the Class of 2003 by Eric W. McKinney

Ten years is a long time. Some days, it feels like just yesterday; other days, it can feel like a lifetime ago. As May approaches, we move closer and closer to our ten year reunion as part of the Class of 2003. High school holds some great memories for us, but the people we were in those memories feels almost like a completely different version of ourselves. Sitting on the football field, surrounded by faculty and family members, we listened as Andrea Lane spoke about our success as graduates and challenged us to be prepared and unafraid of leaving our past behind. She reminded us that our memories of “the best four years of our lives” would last a lifetime; they were all we’d have, and they were all we’d need. Equipped with those memories and our high school education, each of us were hurled into the real world with our own set of goals, fears and expectations. Some of us found a way to make our goals and ambitions come true. Proudly wearing her white coat, Sherry Laney Cline is just beginning her three-year family practice residency at Wellmont-Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. With each new morning, she is one step closer to becoming a physician that her patients can trust and respect.

Sherry is just one of many who chose a career path in the medical field. Megan (Greene) Marshall is a critical care unit coordinator for a local hospital, while she completes nursing school; she chose a healthcare profession for the chance to give back to the community and make a difference in others’ lives. Crystal (Taylor) Thompson graduated from Carson-Newman College with a B.S. in Nursing and later earned her master’s in Healthcare Administration; today, she is a Pharmacy Clinical System Administrator, managing the medication cabinets for several hospitals in Tennessee and Virginia. Some of us found the inspiration to teach and learned the importance of equipping others with a strong education. Once the Class President and a driving force behind all of our major events, Ashlee Miller now has a classroom of her own. Teaching biology at Morristown-Hamblen West High School, she is experiencing the rewarding yet stressful responsibility of being a teacher. As she switched from the role of student to teacher, she realized that those things in the classroom that once annoyed her are the exact same things that now keep order. In hopes of preventing her students from becoming bored or disinterested, she tries to make some part of her daily lesson relevant to every child. It is her daily goal to teach her students more than just the lessons of science; she wants them to learn about respect toward others, responsibility and other life skills that will assist them in their own personal journey. Motivated by those teachers who left a positive impression on her during her time in school,

After earning her B.A. in Biology/Pre-Med at CarsonNewman College, Sherry attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. During medical school, Sherry’s academic study included training in medicine, as well as strains, sprains and other musculoskeletal problems. After two years of classes, she was able to begin her rotations. Working with various doctors, her rotations provided experience in the specialties of cardiology, surgery, psychiatry, family practice, pediatrics and many others. During her journey through medical school, Sherry has become confident in herself. Academically, she has grown immensely, putting in more hours of class time and studying than she ever thought possible when she was in high school. She carries with her a love and appreciation for music that she acquired as part of the Morristown East High Choir. Amidst her hectic schedule, she also tries to remain active in sports, in honor of her time spent on the soccer field as one of the Lady Canes. “In high school, I was ready to take on the world and make my mark,” says Sherry. “Since that time, I have become the physician that I always wanted to be.” Page 8

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Ashlee is making an effort to be that same kind of influence; she understands that she may be the one person that child sees all day that holds them accountable for their actions and takes the time to care about them. Ashlee attended college at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she received a B.S. in Biology. While at Martin, she participated in the Women’s Rodeo Team, where her team became the Regional Women’s Team champions (equivalent to winning the SEC Conference Championship). A hobby that Ashlee has maintained since her high school days, rodeo serves as her outlet for stress relief. Some people have boats or motor cycles; Ashlee has horses. Reminiscing about senior year, Ashlee recalls the days of Homecoming and how the school spirit competitions brought out the best in our class. “In high school, I was optimistic, but now I am realistic,” she says. She laughs, thinking back to where she once believed she would be ten years later. She didn’t find the love of her life in college, nor does she have a child; however, she is a graduate of the Master’s program in education at Carson-Newman College, happy with a teaching career that inspires her daily, and recently engaged to be married. Some of us found a way to turn our talent into success. Voted Most Talented by his classmates, Josh Davis has always had a passion for music; he was the Drum Major and saxophonist for the band and a tenor section leader for the choir. While in college at Vanderbilt University, he had the opportunity to meet some amazing musicians. Majoring in musical arts with a focus on saxophone and musical education, Josh became a principle player in the university’s Wind Symphony. As a song writer and a vocalist, he formed a duo group

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called Rising37; his band was invited to play at hot spot music venues around Music City, and their music was featured in several top Nashville clubs and broadcast on the Top 40’s radio station, 107.5 The River. “In high school, I was a dreamer,” says Josh. “Since that time, I have become that dream.” After graduating from Vanderbilt, Josh continued his education at Belmont University to become a Register Nurse; he enjoyed taking care of others and nursing provided him the chance to explore that interest. He spent some time in Indianapolis to begin his nursing career in the field of multi-specialty critical care, but then returned to Nashville where he was able to go the nursing entrepreneur route. Although the medical field became his primary profession, he still manages to explore his musical talent on the side. Josh Davis isn’t the only member of the Class of 2003 who ended up in the Nashville area. Classmates, Tyler Golden and Cody Robinson have settled down in the same area. Married and raising an eighteen-monthold son, Tyler is working for Ernst & Young, auditing IT processes and information systems; he’s still an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, archery and backpacking. Cody is now a speech-language pathologist at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, after completing his graduate studies at East Tennessee State University. Some of us found an opportunity to turn athletics into a career. Formerly the catcher for the Morristown East Hurricanes, Chris Gordon is now the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Milligan College in Greeneville, Tennessee. He is a guest pitching and catching instructor for off-season baseball camps at Memphis, Tennessee, Carson-Newman, Appalachian State, Tusculum and Ole Miss. As a coach, Chris strives to teach his team the importance of perseverance because he has learned firsthand that the game of baseball isn’t easy. He understands that playing ball means dealing with failure on a regular basis; therefore, Chris knows that the key to success is found in mental toughness and a player’s response to those failures. Twelve of the young men that Chris has coached have been lucky enough to be drafted to play professional baseball. Before landing his current position, Chris Gordon attended college on an athletic scholarship at Milligan College. While playing baseball as a catcher for the Milligan Buffaloes, he also earned with his B.A. in History. After that time, Chris found himself working night shifts as his primary income while he coached during the day. As he learned how much baseball meant to him, he took great lengths to keep the game a part of his life.

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Chris served four years in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League (SCBL) as the pitching coach for the Tennessee Tornadoes. He also spent a summer in Alaska as the pitching coach for the Matsu Miners, where he returned this summer as the team’s head coach. Back in the day, Chris imagined that ten years later he would have a family of his own and a son to share baseball with. Instead, he finds himself in love with the game of baseball which has given him a team of what feels like twenty-five sons. As his players graduate and return to see him with families and jobs of their own, it warms his heart to hope that he has had some small part in making them become successful men. “In high school, I was a young boy learning to appreciate baseball,” says Chris. “Since then, I have become driven and hard-working because of my love for the game.” Some of us found love, discovered the blessings of building a family, and learned to live in the moment. As a former cheerleader building up school spirit on the football field, Erin (Croley) White now has a new team to encourage and inspire; that team is her family, which includes her husband Carl and their children, Taylen and Maxton. Living in Knoxville, Erin is an accountant for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, a position that she took so that she could be at home more and focus on her family.

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Erin graduated from East Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in the field of Accounting and later earned a Master of Accountancy (MAcc). After completing her education, she spent two years working for Pershing Yoakley & Associates, a public accounting firm that allowed her to travel throughout East Tennessee and Georgia doing healthcare financial audits. Nominated with the senior superlative of Best Dressed, Erin still maintains a strong sense of fashion. During high school, jeans were the most important part of her wardrobe; ten years later, Erin still loves jeans, especially her latest pair from True Religion. She’s traded in youthful brands like American Eagle and Gap for trendier styles like Express and The Limited. However, her favorite place to shop for all types of clothing is H&M, which gives her an excuse to make a road trip to the nearest store location in Atlanta. Her outfits are never complete without her big watch, some super cute earrings, and that special pair of shoes, whether it’s a comfortable Toms, bright low-top Converse tennis shoes or some tall Ugg boots.

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truly means. Erin has found happiness in the everyday moments of being a mother, like reading bedtime stories, playing outside and snuggling up on the couch to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. “In high school, I was constantly wishing my life away because I couldn’t wait to be older and out of school,” she says. “Since that time, I have become more aware of how quickly time passes and learned never to wish time away.”

Some of us found an opportunity to see the world. At first, Andrea Lane found the idea of university to be difficult, but she eventually came to call herself a professional student. Spending a semester here and there, she found her niche at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. While earning two bachelor’s degrees in French and Global Studies, college opened up a door for Andrea to travel the globe; she studied abroad in France and Costa Rica in order to enhance her language skills. Those enriching experiences during college left Andrea bitten by the travel bug. Continuing her journeys abroad, she visited various parts of Europe and Central America, touched Africa and is now exploring Oceania. The daily adventure of meeting new people, seeing amazing places and tasting exotic foods opened Andrea’s eyes to the vastness of Planet Earth and melted away her egocentric worldview; she hopes that by keeping her heart and mind open to the world she can continue to evolve for the better. At the moment, home is many places for Andrea, including her immediate family in Canada, the little family that she has started with Trevor Britton and two dogs in Tennessee, and Queensland, Australia, for the year where she is earning her Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education before settling down to teach French.

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Some of us found ways to turn our hobbies into a career. An academic scholar who excelled at Calculus and enjoyed building computers, Jerod Mills is now a Senior Application Developer at Pxyl, Inc. Working with computers to develop applications and design websites for customers, he has a job that allows him to do what he loves to do on a daily basis.

Although they were voted the superlative of Most School Spirit by their classmates, Trevor and Andrea no longer spend their time watching organized sports. Trevor is quite athletic; continuously working on his olympic weightlifting goals, he spends three hours every day working on getting stronger until the time is right to join an elite lifting academy and take his dreams to the next level.

After high school, Jerod Mills continued his education at Carson-Newman College where he graduated with a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics and a minor in Physics. While in college, he had the opportunity to participate in community service on a weekly basis. Through mission trips to third world countries and experiences as a volunteer with local organizations, Jerod recognized that stepping outside of his comfort zone was where he started to do great things; he learned the importance of helping others and the personal blessing that it provided. Living in Knoxville, Jerod and his wife Carrie recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Madeline. “In high school, I was a nerd,” he says. “Since that time, I have become a sociable nerd.”

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Andrea keeps busy playing her guitar and the ukulele, and she adores hiking and camping. The same girl that once showed up to tailgate parties wearing bright orange from head to toe and her face painted to match has become a young woman destined to live to the fullest. “In high school, I was quirky, naive and bit nerdy, just looking forward to Friday night football and cheering for my team,” says Andrea. “Since that time, I have resolved to be spirited about life and that choice has allowed me to lead a very lucky existence.” Some of us learned that the things we once saw as weaknesses could become our greatest strengths. My former co-editor of the high school’s yearbook, Morgan Akens has had a lifelong interest in graphic design and computers. She was the twelve-year-old girl who spent too much time on the Internet during the dial-up days and taught herself HTML during summer break in middle school. After high school, Morgan earned an associate’s degree from Walters State Community College, before continuing her education at East Tennessee State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in digital media. Today, she is the lead graphics editor and developer for The Coin Vault, a late night Shop at Home television program that airs nationwide four days a week.

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A decade later, Morgan has learned one of my life’s greatest lessons; she has learned to love herself. “In high school, I was a dork with geeky hobbies who stood at 5’8” and 100 pounds with braces on my teeth and a back brace,” says Morgan. “Since then, I’ve learned that sometimes the stuff we hate about ourselves is what makes us one of a kind.” With the diverse skill set of being an artist, programmer and writer all rolled into one, Morgan has been able to stand out as a female in a mostly male-dominated field. She has even learned to appreciate her fast metabolism; Page 12

during college, she picked up some weights, transformed her naturally slim body into a toned one and she can still eat whatever she wants. Although she spent many years feeling self conscious of her body image, Morgan has found a certain irony in the realization that she lives in a world where tall slender women are the norm and others are striving to be her size. It’s the things that made her different in high school that are making her successful in life today. Some of us found a calling to help the people around us. Fresh out of law school, Kate Holtkamp is eager to begin work as a public defender this fall. With a caseload of citizens who have been charged with misdemeanors or minor criminal charges, Kate does more than represent her clients in the courtroom; she’s also equipping them with the services that they need to rebuild their lives, such as counseling or rehabilitation programs. “In high school, I was unsure of what direction my life would take,” says Kate. “Now, I am so thankful to be serving the East Tennessee community.” After graduating from Rhodes College with a B.A. in Political Science, Kate was unsure of where her career path would lead. She found herself looking through a window of opportunity when a position opened up on the primary campaign staff of a Democratic presidential nominee for the 2008 election. Working long hours under stressful conditions, Kate was in charge of organizing campaign events for eight small New Hampshire towns. Through coordinating volunteer efforts, she was touched by the amount of time people were willing to donate in order to show how strongly they felt about their principles and values; for Kate, it was a heartwarming example of democracy in action. The campaign experience and time spent working with the public interest attorneys of a non-profit firm in Washington D.C. helped Kate discover her passion in advocating for those in need. Looking for a way to help others and keep herself intellectually stimulated, she returned home to East Tennessee to pursue a law degree at the University of Tennessee. Anyone who gets arrested, charge of crime and can’t afford an attorney, gets a public defender. Misdemeanors, any crime that requires less than a year in jail. Drug addiction, mental illness - get services that they need and represent them in court. Hand in hand with social work field. Public service is just one of many ways that our classmates have chosen to help others. • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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Although Friday night football games and afterschool Student Council meetings have become a thing of the past, Danielle still wears the color orange with pride. Born and raised in Morristown, Danielle knew in high school that she wanted to settle down and raise a family in the place where she grew up. Ten years later, Morristown is now the place that her children call home. This fall, Danielle felt a sense of pride as her daughter Riley began kindergarten in the same school system that she once called her own; she caught a glimpse of her childhood self as Riley raced to be first in line on the first day of school and asked questions about how she could become a Homecoming Queen one day.

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As a personal trainer, Brad Weems is providing a different kind of support to people in the Johnson City area. By structuring workouts and diet plans that aid his clients in achieving their fitness goals, Brad is helping them to develop a healthier lifestyle; his goal involves teaching each client that anything can be accomplished with personal dedication.

Morristown is still home to many graduates from the Class of 2003, including David Ramsey who was nominated Mr. East High School by his classmates. Music has always been an important part of David’s life; a former member of the Morristown East High Choir, he could often be found playing the guitar in his free time. Following graduation from high school, he joined a southern rock group called Half Strung and set off on an east coast tour. After the band released their first record titled “The Box Sessions,” David took a break to pursue other projects. For his latest endeavor, he has switched his genre from southern rock to country, writing and playing his own music as a solo act with the guitar and the piano.

Some of us built a future right here in Morristown. Danielle (Davis) Drinnon has always loved people. As the former Student Body President and Miss East High School, she was known as outgoing, charismatic, and constantly smiling; she never met a stranger. A member of nearly every club that the school had to offer, Danielle liked to be involved and in charge. Today, she is a Family Nurse Practitioner, providing primary care to people of all ages in the local community; she’s still touching lives on a daily basis and her infectious smile has yet to fade. “In high school, I thought I had to be in charge of everything,” says Danielle. “Since that time, I have learned that life is less about control and more about loving the people around you.” A graduate of Carson-Newman College, Danielle entered the medical field as a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Nursing. Working in the E.R. and critical care units, she experienced firsthand the rewarding experience of providing bedside care to patients suffering from all stages of illness. Motivated to further her career in healthcare, Danielle enrolled in graduate school and earned her M.S. in Nursing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Along the way, she also became the mother of two children, Riley and Maddox.

David Ramsey

Ten years was a long time. It was enough time to earn a bachelor’s degree, graduate from medical school or complete the bar exam. It was enough time to fall in love, get married or build a family. It was enough time to chase a dream, see the world or call a new place home. It was enough time to become a writer, a teacher or a coach. Yes, ten years was a long time, but for most of us, it was just enough time to change.

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Contributing writer Eric William McKinney is a former graduate of Morristown-Hamblen East High School, as part of the Class of 2003. While at East, Eric had the opportunity to become a copy writer and photographer for the Itakha yearbook staff. The stories and layouts that he created for the school’s yearbook were part of his first experience as a writer. Working with the staff’s advisor and a group of talented peers, Eric served as Co-Editor during his senior year. Following graduation, Eric continued his education at Carson-Newman College where he received a BA in Psychology; he is currently advancing his career in the field of marketing and journalism. Eric would like to give SPECIAL THANKS to the teachers who’ve played a significant role in helping him become the person he is today. Through education and encouragement, they have each been a part of his journey and growth as a writer. Eric McKinney

Ann Huckaby

Psychology & Yearbook Advisor, Morristown East High School

Special Thanks

Marcia Carlyle

6th Grade English, East Ridge Middle School

Chuck Carter

6th Grade Social Studies, East Ridge Middle School

Marilyn Ware

English, East High School

Connie Holdway

8th Grade English East Ridge Middle School

Jill Helton-Wilder

8th Grade Science & Reading East Ridge Middle School

Jacquelin Price

Art, East Ridge Middle School

Joy Rose

1st Grade, Union Heights

Wanda Seals

3rd Grade, Union Heights

Patsy Word

English, East High School

Janice Pack

2nd Grade, Union Heights

Denise Masengill

5th Grade, Union Heights

Leslie Grigsby

5th Grade, Union Heights

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Down MEMORY Lane Reflections on raising three daughters by Eric W. McKinney

There is no more hot water because someone took too long in the shower. There is not enough room to use the mirror because someone left everything from clothes to makeup sprawled out all over the bathroom. There’s a missing piece of clothing because someone borrowed it without asking and then loaned it to a friend. Kim Lane and her husband Clark are the parents of three girls: Morgan, Mackenzie and Madison. Every morning marks a new adventure at the Lane household. As the typical morning drama between her three daughters begins, Kim puts on a smile as if she doesn’t hear a thing. She knows that in the months ahead, two of them will be leaving the nest and the silly morning quarrels will be replaced by a bittersweet silence.

that she had given up any chance of getting a full night of rest. An overachiever since the moment she was born, Morgan wanted to be awake, active and, most of all, heard; she was the baby who didn’t enjoy sleep. Kim tried everything from putting her in a car seat and driving for miles and miles to playing a marathon of movies which would result in Morgan waking her up when each movie ended. Sleep-deprived days would continue for Kim until Morgan turned five and finally started sleeping through the night. Just over a year later, on June 20, 1992, Kim gave birth to her second daughter, Mackenzie, giving the family another reason to be thankful and making Morgan a big sister. Morgan was in awe of the new addition to her family, constantly wanting to pat or lay her head on the new baby. A bond between the two sisters was formed instantly. By the time Mackenzie was able to talk, she would wake up and immediately say to her parents, “I want to see my Morgan.” Once she slipped quietly into her sister’s room and caught a glimpse of her sleeping, Mackenzie would wait patiently for Morgan to wake up. As the girls grew, they continued to be inseparable and

Motherhood is something that changed Kim’s life. “It’s overwhelming to think that God entrusted us with not one but three precious children to raise,” says Kim. She feels that it’s such a special blessing to be called “Mom.” As a young fourth grader, Kim Lee met her future husband at the local skating rink in Morristown, where they would couple skate together. By her freshman year of high school, Kim and Clark had begun dating and they would later marry in 1988. It was in the fall of 1990 when Kim received the news that she was pregnant with their first child. Filled with an overwhelming joy by the unexpected news, Kim had previously thought that she was unable to bare children. On April 30, 1991, Kim became a mother when her first daughter Morgan was born. “When you become a mother, it’s like you recognize this hole in your heart that was never filled until that moment,” says Kim, recalling the moment that she first held Morgan in her arms. Although motherhood brought a tremendous amount of joy to Kim’s life, it came with a cost. She would soon realize Page 16

discovered a fun trick for going out to public places. Since they were so close in age, Morgan and Mackenzie could dress in matching outfits and convince people that they were twins; their game included counting the number of times that people would mistake them for twins during trips to the mall. • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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When Madison came along in 1997, the family was complete. The baby of the family, Madison was the innocent and sweet child; in her mother’s eyes, she could do no wrong. Both Morgan and Mackenzie were eager to take on the responsibility of caring for their new baby sister, volunteering to change diapers and rushing to check on her when she cried. Raising three girls usually involved a hectic schedule and the need to be in three places at the same time; somehow, Kim found a way to provide transportation and support at simultaneous cross country meets, choir rehearsals and play practices. She learned the value of always having a camera ready, which helped her accumulate a wealth of photos for documenting special moments in scrapbooks; in fact, she has taken a “first day of school” photo for each year of school for all three of her daughters. She’s been a Girl Scout leader, a cheerleading coach and an involved parent in the classroom. Working as the student ministry assistant at Manley Baptist Church, Kim was able to watch her daughters grow spiritually during their teenage years during worship services and retreats together.

Currently enrolled in a cosmetology class, Madison has given some thought to following in her sister’s footsteps and becoming a beautician. Twenty-one years after becoming a mother, Kim is savoring every second of having all three of her girls living at home. She’s learning to hold back the tears when she sees a bridal magazine. She’s finding it easier to hear the sound of scissors cutting off pieces of her hair and trust that the end result will look good, whether it’s a couple shades lighter than her natural color or a few extra layers of length in the back. However, she’s still working on calming her increased anxiety levels when she thinks about her youngest daughter behind the wheel of a car. As another chapter of her life begins, Kim is ready to take on the new roles of being a friend, a mother-inlaw, and a passenger seat rider for her daughters. Although her daughters will eventually move out and

More recently, Kim has added wedding planner to her duties as a mom. With two weddings on the way, she has taken shopping trips to four bridal shows, invested many hours on Pinterest searching for decoration ideas and cried more times than she cares to recount as she watched her daughters try on wedding dresses. Morgan is weeks away from walking down the aisle at her wedding, after months and months of planning and preparation to make the big day as perfect as possible. She’s also less than a year away from earning her B.S. in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University; becoming a teacher has always been her childhood dream. Mackenzie is working as a cosmetology instructor at the Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Knoxville, after receiving her license from Tennessee School of Beauty. One of her first and most loyal clients just happens to be her mother. During the family’s summer vacation to Myrtle Beach, Mackenzie received a surprise wedding proposal and set a date for next spring. Madison is a sophomore at Morristown West High School; she’s quickly approaching her sixteenth birthday, eager to be the owner of a driver’s license and a car.

leave her with an empty nest in the years ahead, Kim takes comfort and pride in knowing she can always revisit the special moments of motherhood with a trip down memory lane.

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Inside A faculty point of view Dr. Rhonda Fawbush Smith and Dr. Matthew Drinnon teach in very different academic programs, but when you talk to them about Tusculum College, a common theme appears – the importance of relationships. “With small class sizes, faculty get to know their students,” Dr. Drinnon said. “Students take courses with the same group throughout the program whether they are on the graduate or undergraduate level. Students develop life-long friendships in this program and that makes a difference.” In getting to know students, faculty members can become trusted advisors and mentors. “I see students who enter the program to get a specific job,” Dr. Smith said. “I advise them to relax and let life take its course. With their degree, they can end up in unique situations.”

Dr. Smith, associate professor of accounting and business law, has been an instructor for 12 years at Tusculum and teaches both day and evening courses in the School of Business at all the Northeast Tennessee sites. Teaching adults and traditional-age students is rewarding in different ways as both types of student bring different perspectives to the classroom, she said. Page 18

Adult students are less interested in how a business practice is completed than in the theory behind a practice. “They often already generally know what to do; they want to know why to do it,” Dr. Smith said. “They want to find out the context to be able to apply it in their own company. That interrelationship between theory and application is what they are getting from us.” Traditional-aged students do not have the work experience that the adult students do. “They are learning theory and application at the same time,” she continued. “They have no preconceptions or biases toward a particular practice.” Overcoming preconceptions can be a challenge in teaching adult students, she said, as faculty members sometimes have to help students recognize that there are other practices that may be just as effective as what they are using. “It is so rewarding when a student shares with me how they used something from class at work,” she added. Helping students, particularly adults, discover what an education can bring beyond their initial ideas and goals is one of Dr. Smith’s motivations and goals as an instructor. “Many students go back to school with a singular goal in mind, it may be to earn the degree to get a job promotion,” she said. “They don’t realize what that degree can open up to them. I want to help them recognize all the amazing opportunities that will open up with their degree, such as unexpected career paths and community leadership roles.” Dr. Smith can speak to students out of experience as she has what some might consider an unusual combination of degrees, a master’s degree in accounting and a law degree, both from the University of Tennessee. A native of Morristown, Smith decided she wanted to be an attorney after watching the late Charles Terry in court as part of a middle school social studies project. That continued to be her goal as she worked toward her law degree in college and adding the master’s degree in accounting because it was a subject that had always interested her. >> • To advertise or to submit story ideas, call 423-714-7044 •

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However, in law school, Dr. Smith said she discovered that being a trial attorney was not the career for her. She said she has been asked if earning the law degree was a waste. “It was not because it has allowed me to help people on the front end and teach them the correct practices to avoid having to go see an attorney in the future,” she answered. While teaching at Tusculum, she has seen more academic resources be available to students and the programs continue to evolve. For example, in the evening undergraduate programs in organizational management and business administration, students are required to take courses in a concentration area to allow them to focus on an area of interest in addition to the general core of courses. The addition of the Master of Business Administration program will help students build on what they have learned on the undergraduate level, she added. The program will feature some courses not found in other programs, such as sustainable business operations. Tusculum’s one-course-at-a-time structure for both day and evening also gives students an opportunity to really immerse themselves into a subject without having to worry about tests or papers in another subject, Dr. Smith said. The structure also allows for learning experiences outside the classroom such as internships. The structure of Tusculum’s program is also advantageous for education students, according to Dr. Drinnon, who is an adjunct professor in that program. As part of one of the courses he teaches, Drinnon requires students to teach a lesson on social studies in a classroom. “It is important to get that practical experience working with students to see what really works.” An aspect of the Tusculum program that Drinnon appreciates as an instructor is the focus on reflection that is prevalent in the curriculum. “It is a focus on reflecting what a student has done, the teaching practice and how it affects student progress,” he said. “It is a real benefit to this program that may not be in other area programs.”

The demands on Dr. Drinnon’s time are many – his responsibilities as principal of John Hay Elementary School, a father of two young children and a husband. But, he finds the time to teach in Tusculum College’s undergraduate and graduate education programs offered at the Morristown Center. “It is important for the teaching profession that those involved help to continue to guide the profession to improve,” he said. He has taught for seven years for Tusculum as an adjunct faculty member, primarily at the Morristown Center, but he also taught classes on the main campus in Greeneville and in Gray. Teaching in both the bachelor’s and master’s programs brings distinct rewards for Drinnon as they do for Smith. “Teaching in the master’s program is like professional networking,” he said. “The teachers are really committed to improving their craft and are open to working to grow in how they approach teaching.” He added that he also learns from the classroom experiences they share as part of the courses he teaches. “In the undergraduate program, they are so eager to get started,” he said. “They want to learn what works in the classroom and what does not. As an instructor, it is good to see how they progress.” Drinnon is now seeing some of the pupils he had in class become teachers in local schools. “It is very rewarding to get to see those you have taught now in the classroom as professionals and doing really well.” Currently, there are about 240 students taking classes at the Morristown Center in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Classes are offered at the center in the Gateway program; bachelor degree programs in business administration, education, organizational management, psychology and special education, and master degree programs in education in the curriculum and instruction and organizational training and education program, as well as the Master of Arts in Teaching program. To learn more about Tusculum College’s undergraduate and graduate programs, contact the Morristown Center at 423-581-5002.

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Better Health

Biocommunication represents a major breakthrough in gathering information about health. It’s an effective way to obtain insights and details that may otherwise be overlooked.  This information can help Kirk & Kirk Health Spending the next five minutes to read and under- Clinic develop more effective, individualized stand this article could very well set the foundation clinical strategies for you, saving time and for a healthier you. The choice – as always - is money. “Each person’s uniqueness demands a personalized approach to their individual yours! health care needs.   Will you continue to live with pain? Always feeling tired. Struggling to maintain a healthy weight. Here’s how it works: The biocommunicaEasily getting sick. Accepting these chronic states tion technology sends your body an energetic pulse or signature called a Virtual Stimulus of dis-ease as the “American way of life”. Item (VSI).  VSIs are representative of physiOr will you choose the best quality of life you can cal items including nutritional supplements, enjoy…for both you and your family? In pursuit of drugs, body functions, and organs.  As each this goal we invite you to make choices that will keep VSI is sent, your body’s response is measured you, or make you and your family healthy. These may and recorded.   The way your body responds is include what you eat, how you exercise, balancing energetic; it’s called galvanic skin response or work, family, school, friends, and all the other things GSR and measures complex GSR patterns and determines shifts in your energetic posture.  that require time and attention. These shifts, either negative or positive, identify what are called your biological  preferences. This information is used to make better decisions about your health.

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One important factor is also supplementing your diet with high quality nutritional supplements. But what supplements should you be taking? There are many options and without proper guidance it’s easy to take the wrong ones, or take more than is necessary. Even though a supplement may work for someone else, how do you know it’s providing the support you need at the present time? To assist you with making better decisions about these and other health choices, Kirk & Kirk Health Clinic offers biocommunication, an exchange of information between a computer and your body; it’s like the computer is asking questions and your body is answering them. Page 20

What can I expect from my experience? The interface between your body and our biocommunication software is the FDA registered hand cradle.  Simply rest your hand on the contacts while the computer sends digital stimulus and gathers your response data.  The scan takes a few minutes to complete and is safe for adults and children. When your scan is complete, a report is generated and Dr. Kirk will review and explain the results and recommendations. This software program is only available to Licensed Physicians and exclusively offered in the Lakeway area at:

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with Jeremy Wetmore, D.O. of HealthStar Physicians

us about Q tell your family... Marta and I met in college in 1999 at Southern Adventist University. We were introduced by a friend and gradually fell in love. We were married in London, KY in 2001. I lived in Greeneville, TN until the age of 12 when my parents moved across the mountains to Hendersonville, NC. My wife is originally from the wester Michigan area near St. Joseph, MI. Her parents however have lived in the London, KY area since 1990, that is how a southern boy came to marry a “Michigander”. Although truthfully I don’t have a thick accent. That is my parents fault mostly. They are from Maryland and Pennsylvania and I guess I sound like them somewhat. However, my family in Pennsylvania all say that I’m definitely from the south, and everyone down here says I’m definitely from the north so I really don’t know.

us about Q tell your career... My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Science in Biology. I went to medical school at Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, which is now University of Pikeville Kentucky School of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose that medical school because its mission was to recruit people from Appalachia who wished to return to Appalachia when their training was complete. That was my plan all along so it fit very well. I chose this position with Healthstar based on several factors. The location is two hours away from both sides of our family. The setting is more rural than urban which is also important to us. We are more “country” folk than “city” folk. Also the people which I encountered at various positions in Healthstar all seemed to like their job and be happy. Those were the primary reasons. I chose physical medicine & rehabilitation because I enjoy musculoskeletal medicine. I enjoy helping people get out of pain, and I enjoy taking care of people in an inpatient rehabilitation setting recover their lost function. My office hours are 9- 5 currently. My location is Advanced Spine and Rehab in the main HealthStar building. 420 W. Morris Blvd, Suite 130 • (423) 581-3939.

We have two children, daughters, ages 3 and 5. Their names are Abigail Elizabeth Wetmore, and Emily Klara Wetmore. Emily’s middle name is for her German great grandmother who also had red hair. Abigail’s middle name is named after a character from Pride and Prejudice “Lizzie”. I liked the relationship of Lizzie with her father in the book and wanted to call my daughter Lizzie. Primarily, my wife’s focus is on our daughters. However, in her spare time, she is a talented oil painter; painting mostly on canvas. She received her Masters in Fine Art from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA.

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